Why are productivity hacks not working with you? Because you do not use proper productivity apps, thus, making mistakes. Check on the list of magic tricks and productivity software that might turn you from a productivity sloth* to a productivity cheetah**.
*A sloth sleeps fifteen to eighteen hours a day and is known to have taken forty-eight days to travel six kilometers.
**A cheetah is the fastest land animal that can reach sprinting speeds as fast as 72 km/h in less than 3 seconds.
Magic Trick #1 Stop multitasking
Productivity has been suffering from a considerable drop over the last years due to a cult of social media. Surprisingly, instead of simplifying our lives, the downpour of information on social media makes our brains work in a regime of multitasking (your newsfeed generated from photos, wise quotes, memes, friends’ random posts, etc. is chaotic, to say the least).
According to neuroscience, multitasking, which our world of technology so often demands, actually has ruining effect on productivity reducing it by 40%.
To avoid a danger of multitasking, you need to apply FocusMe, which will help you arrange a schedule for your workday in the most productive way by limiting your time on websites identified as ‘productivity killers’ on a daily or even hourly basis. The developers of the app guarantee that you will work 25% more efficiently by avoiding a trap of multitasking.
Magic Trick #2 Stop running from boredom
Nowadays, once we start to feel the first signs of apathy and boredom, we get panic and try hard to accelerate speed. Admitting that we feel bored means confessing the sin of procrastination, and when at work, we are expected to do whatever but not procrastinate. But while trying to run away from boredom we do not notice that we actually run on a hamster wheel, which is totally unproductive. The routine can take a toll on you, nobody can deny it. So instead of rushing forward at whatever cost, take a break. Embrace your boredom: you are one step from refreshing yourself and looking at your life with the renewed curiosity. With Personal Zen, an app backed up by the scientific research, you can easily transform your boredom into tranquility. Use it only 5 minutes a day 2 times a week, and it will train your mind to stay alert.
Magic Trick#3 Stop making long to-do lists
Get realistic. It’s easy to compose a long to-do list and genuinely wish to complete it. It is ironic but lengthy to-do-lists, instead of propelling you forward, slow you down. But if you choose to prioritize and limit your goals to the achievable number of targets, your day will get much more productive. The app that will help you not to lose track of what’s really important is Bear. It is exponentially fast and extremely pleasant to use. It has a rather simple design: in the scope of your visibility, there are only three columns (the one for the current note, the one for notes that you can list in reverse-chronological order, and the one for the tags you’ve created). When you write a note, you can add as many hashtags as you like just inside the text. Besides, you can export your notes as PDFs or HTML documents.
Magic Trick #4 Stop time mismanagement
Some people believe that an ordinary wall clock or a regular stopwatch is more than enough if you need to manage your time efficiently. It is a wrong assumption, which might literally cost you a day of work. Time tracking software is an essential time management tool. It helps you take control of your work hours, especially when they are billable and determine the payroll accuracy. Nowadays, digital time tracking is probably the only way to stay focused on a task without having to compromise the quality of your work. It is no wonder there are lots time tracking tools (like TMetric) available for business needs, as with them, you will be a time management pro: time trackers calculate the time you spent on the task, store the data, and arrange the information into a neat report on time consumption, which is mandatory for prompt invoicing.
Magic Trick #5 Stop killing your motivation
Tapping into your motivation means getting your productivity unlocked. Even if you don’t have a deadline you need to stay motivated. Fabulous is definitely a helper when it comes to keeping you motivated. The app brings together targeted health tips and useful habits, integrated fitness programs and space for filling it with goals for the day. Its bright (truly fabulous) interface will easily foster a creative approach. Now you will have no excuses for not achieving your long-term dreams.
Keep your motivation to be efficient, to expand your expertise and become knowledgeable about things worth your focus and attention, and the results you will get will amaze you.
The secret of building a ‘productive cheetah’ mindset is quite simple: time management is not about filling your time with the long to-do lists but about managing your attitude and choosing what you dedicate your efforts to in a wise way. It will instantly elevate your productivity to a new speed level.
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